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Mustafa Ali talks police reform and Black Lives Matter on ‘Raw Talk’

Ali, who was a police officer for four years, shared his first-hand perspective on the US criminal justice system.

WWE Superstar Mustafa Ali, who returned to televised action on last night’s episode of Raw, also joined Charly Caruso and R-Truth on Raw Talk following the show. Ali was ostensibly on to talk about his return to the ring, but Caruso asked him about his recent comments on social media regarding police brutality, inequality and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Ali was a Chicago police officer for four years while wrestling on the independent scene before making it big in WWE, so he has a first-hand perspective on the issues plaguing the police force in the United States. “I can say without a shadow of a doubt that no real change will happen until we change the criminal justice system as a whole,” he said.

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Here’s the full transcript of what Mustafa Ali had to say:

That’s a super serious topic, and you have to speak, especially when it’s the right thing to do. A lot of people don’t know that I have four years of experience as a police officer. I was there, I saw it, I understand it, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that no real change will happen until we change the criminal justice system as a whole.

A lot of people don’t know this — the earliest inception and creation of the police department was actually based upon capturing runaway slaves. That’s reality. That’s where law enforcement and the police department come from. So when you have something that’s designed from its inception to target a certain demographic, a certain group of people, it’s hard to shed ties with that.

And the criminal justice system as a whole is designed to profit, not protect. And therein lies the issue. In any facet of society, when profit is a motive, it always becomes the primary objective. And unfortunately, that should not be the case when it comes to the criminal justice system.

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